A Brooklyn teacher was arrested Monday after allegedly slapping and punching a 14-year-old student. The teen suffered eye injuries in the attack. The male teacher, 34, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The recent snowstorm gave plenty of New York children an opportunity for fun, but a growing number of municipalities are deciding to ban kids from downhill sledding. The idea is not embraced by most city councils, but many places have decided that the risk of a multi-million-dollar injury lawsuit is too great.
Most school officials, coaches and students understand the seriousness of hazing in youth athletics. Once shrugged off as "rites of passage," most people understand that hazing-related assault can cause profound psychological damage to the victims - in addition to obvious physical injuries - and may result in depression, irreversible psychological trauma and suicide.
There are more than 200,000 playground injuries each year requiring emergency room visits. While playground accidents are relatively common, they involve an array of legal issues that prove confusing to parents of injured children.
In 2009, a young man was walking in Central Park when a large tree branch snapped overhead and fell on him. The branch damaged his lungs, spinal cord and brain, leaving him paralyzed and cognitively disabled.
Many Brooklyn parents are fearful for the lives of their children after two people were fatally stabbed in elevators during separate attacks in the past week. A 7-year-old girl remains in critical condition from her stabbing. The suspect has not been apprehended.
A 43-year-old New York City sanitation worker died Saturday when a coworker hit him with a street sweeper in Queens.
In February, a 56-year-old man died in a New York City jail when the temperature in his cell reached at least 101 degrees. Preliminary investigations revealed that Jerome Murdough's internal body temperature reached 103 degrees, but nobody answered his pleas for help at the Riker's Island complex he was confined in.
Citi Bike racks have been a controversial matter since New York City implemented the bike-share program, but few regarded it as a life-or-death issue. That thinking may soon change, as a Citi Bike lawsuit reaches Manhattan Appellate Court.
Friday's subway derailment in Queens injured dozens of people and terrified 1,000 passengers on the express F train.